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Tickets to St. Mark’s Bell Tower

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  • Discover the tallest structure in Venice, the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica, standing 99 meters tall since the 16th century.
  • Catch a glint of the golden Archangel Gabriel statue at the apex, and admire the statues of Roman gods as you explore the bronze and marble loggetta.
  • Walk past the 5 great bells of St. Mark, which were once used to observe executions, political assemblies, or religious ceremonies.
  • Enjoy sweeping views of St. Mark’s Square framed by the belfry arches from this tower that has stood the test of earthquakes, lightning strikes, and more.
  • Discover the tallest structure in Venice, the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica, standing 99 meters tall since the 16th century.
  • Catch a glint of the golden Archangel Gabriel statue at the apex, and admire the statues of Roman gods as you explore the bronze and marble loggetta.
  • Walk past the 5 great bells of St. Mark, which were once used to observe executions, political assemblies, or religious ceremonies.
  • Enjoy sweeping views of St. Mark’s Square framed by the belfry arches from this tower that has stood the test of earthquakes, lightning strikes, and more.

Inclusions

  • Entry to St. Mark’s Bell Tower
  • Tip: Notice the dents and scratches on the tower's largest bell, the Marangona. These are the marks of survival on the only bell that endured the tower's collapse.
  • Facilities: Wheelchair Accessibility, Elevators.
  • Strict Dress Code: Please wear clothing that covers the knees and shoulders.
  • It is required for minors to be accompanied by an adult.
  • These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

St. Mark’s Campanile - The prized bell tower in Piazza San Marco

St. Mark's Campanile, a bell tower in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy, was originally built in the 12th century as a lighthouse, but has since been rebuilt several times due to various calamities. The current structure, standing at 98.6 meters, was completed in 1912 and is the perfect spot to get views of Venice.

Why visit St. Mark’s Campanile?

St. Mark’s Campanile
  • Incredible views: St. Mark’s Campanile offers you a birds-eye view of Venice and the network of canals, lagoons and of course, unique architecture. On a clear day, you can even see the Alps in the distance! 
  • History meets astronomy: From an 11th century watchtower to a lighthouse, and now finally, a bell tower, it is loaded with history. It was also the site of Galileo Galilei's first publicly demonstrated the telescope in 1609.
  • Popular photography spot: St. Mark's Campanile’s distinctive onion shape make it a popular place for photography and sightseeing. It also has St. Mark's Basilica and the Doge's Palace, in the background, which makes for great photographs.

Quick facts | St. Mark’s Campanile

St. Mark’s Campanile
  • Location: P.za San Marco, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy
  • Construction date: 12th century
  • Architect: Unknown
  • Height: 98.6 meters
  • Materials used: Marbles and stones
  • No. of steps: 323 steps

Plan your visit to St. Mark’s Campanile

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Highlights of St. Mark’s Campanile

View of Venice from St Mark's Campanile

View from the top

Thanks to its 98.6 meters (323 feet) height, St. Mark’s Campanile offers stunning views of Venice. You’ll see the surrounding lagoon with its ships, distant islands like Giudecca and San Giorgio Maggiore, and the nearby Piazza San Marco square. Visit in the spring for better views with clear skies.

St Mark bell tower

Venetian Gothic architecture

The bell tower was inspired by Eastern and Western influences, characterized by elegant lancet arches, intricate tracery, and ornate stone carvings. Its top is capped by a pyramidal spire with a gold weathervane in the shape of an angel, serving as a symbol of the city's patron saint, St. Mark, at its peak.

Marangona Bell

Bells & Bellringers

Discover the distinctive bells of St. Mark’s Campanile, each serving a specific purpose. Marangona signals the start and end of the workday, Nona marks the ninth hour, Trottiera chimes during Piazza San Marco races, Mezza Terza sounds in the third hour, and Renghiera notifies city council meetings. The bell ringers have exceptional skill and perform at concerts for guests. It’s not as easy as you might think!

Spire Campanile tower

Spire

The spire is a distinctive feature of St. Mark's Campanile. It is a pyramidal structure made of brick and stone, covered with lead plates, and topped with a golden weathervane in the shape of an angel representing St. Mark. It is visible from several parts of Venice and serves as a beacon for visitors through the canals of Venice.

entrance of Campanile di San Marco

Logetta

Logetta is located at the base of St. Mark’s Campanile in Venice. Designed by Jacopo Sansovino in the 16th century, it served as the meeting place for the city’s leaders. The structure has intricate carvings and decorations, including statues and bas-reliefs depicting scenes from Venetian history. You’ll also find a marble staircase leading to the top of the Campanile.

Climbing the St. Mark's Campanile

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Before the climb

  • Purchase tickets online or at the tower's base in St. Mark's Square, with options for skip-the-line and bundle tickets available.
  • Consider timing your visit around sunset for stunning views of Venice.
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes before your reserved timeslot to ensure admission within 30 minutes.
Campanile di San Marco

The climb

  • Choose between climbing 323 steps or taking the elevator to the top.
  • The tower offers panoramic views of Venice, with an audio guide available for historical insights or a guided tour for a personalized experience.
  • It was originally built as a lighthouse and is renowned for its connection to Galileo Galilei.
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Reaching the top

  • Upon arrival, head to the "skip-the-line" area and present your smartphone ticket to the staff.
  • Download the audio guide app from the iOS or Android store for offline use during your climb.
  • Capture beautiful photos and enjoy the breathtaking views of Venice, especially during sunset.

History of St. Mark’s Bell Tower

Restoration and Preservation

Built in the 12th century, St. Mark's Campanile got its current form in the 16th century. The Belfry and spire were added along with a rotating platform having a statue of Archangel Gabriel.

Centuries later, on 14 July 1902, the tower collapsed because of construction work. The Municipal Administration vowed to rebuild the Campanile to its former glory, with work starting on 25 April 1903 and finishing nine years later. The rebuilt tower with more safety features and static stability was inaugurated on St. Mark’s day.

Many parts of the tower were reintegrated, including two sides of the dado above the belfry, the two moving Lions in Istria stone, and the embossed copper statue of the Archangel Gabriel.

Influence of the St. Mark’s Campanile

St. Mark’s Campanile’s unique construction has influenced several towers and buildings in Europe and beyond. Its distinctive Venetian Gothic style architecture, decorations, and statues have inspired Clock Tower in Prague, Czech Republic; Bell Tower of the Church of the Holy Cross, Belfry of Bruges, Belgium; Central Tower of Oxford University's Bodleian Library and Bell tower of the Old Town Hall in Munich, Germany.

Several churches and cathedrals worldwide, including the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, are influenced by St. Mark’s Campanile.

Visiting the St. Mark’s Campanile

You can purchase St. Mark’s Campanile tickets online as well as offline. Buying tickets online is the better option as it offers convenience and may provide discounts and deals.

Online tickets also offer skip-the-line services seven months a year (from 1 April to 2 November). You can make online reservations up to 10 minutes before visiting time. Entry is free for children up to five years, while concessions are reserved for school and religious groups.

Frequently asked questions about St.Mark’s Campanile tickets

How much does a ticket to the St.Mark’s Campanile tickets cost?

A ticket to the St. Mark’s Campanile typically ranges from €12 - €15 for adults. Children under six years old can enter for free. You can get a combo ticket with access to both the Campanile and the Basilica at €30.

Can I purchase St. Mark’s Campanile tickets on the same day?

Yes, tickets can be bought on the day of your visit, either online or at the tower's base in St. Mark’s Square.

Where can I buy tickets to St. Mark’s Campanile?

You can buy tickets to St. Mark’s Campanile online as well as offline. Online tickets are the best option as you can book months in advance and get discounts and deals.

Do I need tickets to view the St. Mark’s Campanile?

Yes. You need tickets to view the St. Mark’s Campanile. You must show your tickets at the entrance, while foreign nationals must also display their passport and visa details at the time of entry.

Can I visit St. Mark’s Campanile with St. Mark’s Basilica tickets?

Yes, visitors can often purchase combined tickets that include access to both St. Mark's Campanile and St. Mark's Basilica, offering a comprehensive experience of these iconic landmarks in Venice.

Are there skip-the-line options for St. Mark’s Campanile tickets?

Yes, there are skip-the-line options available for St. Mark’s Campanile tickets, allowing visitors to bypass the queues and access the tower more quickly.

Can I go to the top of St. Mark’s Campanile?

Yes. You can go to the top of St. Mark’s Campanile. It offers amazing views of Venice and surrounding islands like Giudecca and San Giorgio Maggiore.

Who designed the St. Mark’s Campanile?

St. Mark's Campanile in Venice, Italy was designed by architect Giorgio Spavento in the 16th century.

When was St. Mark’s Campanile built?

St. Mark’s Campanile was built in the 12th century but was restored and reconstructed several times after.

What materials were used to build St. Mark’s Campanile?

Marbles and stones were used to build St. Mark’s Campanile.

What is the significance of the bells in St. Mark's Campanile?

St. Mark’s Campanile's bells serve a unique function and produce different sounds. There are five bells—Marangona, Nona, Trottiera, Mezza Terza, and Renghiera. Marangona is the largest bell rung at the beginning and end of the workday, Nona is rung to note the ninth hour of the day, and Trottiera when races are held in Piazza San Marco. Mezza Terza, the fourth bell, is hit during the third hour of the day, whereas Renghiera is rung to notify city council members of meetings.

What is the Logetta?

Logetta is a small structure at the base of St. Mark’s Campanile. It was designed by Jacopo Sansovino in the 16th century and served as the meeting place for the city’s leaders.

How tall is St. Mark’s Campanile?

St. Mark’s Campanile is 98.6 meters (323 feet) tall.

Where is the St. Mark’s Campanile?

St. Mark’s Campanile is located on Saint Mark's Square, near St. Mark's Basilica and Grand Canal.

What are the St. Mark’s Campanile timings?

St Mark’s Campanile is open daily from 9:30am to 9:15pm. The tower is closed for entry 15 minutes before it closes for the day.

What view can you see from the top of St. Mark’s Campanile?

You can catch fantastic views of Venice, far off lagoon with its ships, distant islands like Giudecca and San Giorgio Maggiore, and the nearby Piazza San Marco square.

Are there any restrictions on who can climb St. Mark’s Campanile?

No. There are no restrictions on who can climb the St. Mark’s Campanile. There is also a lift for people who cannot climb.

Is St. Mark's Campanile accessible to people with disabilities?

Unfortunately, St. Mark’s Campanile is not accessible to people with disabilities. The entrance is narrow, while the steps to the top of the tower are steep.

Is photography allowed at St. Mark's Campanile?

Yes. Photography is allowed at St. Mark’s Campanile. However, avoid using flash and be careful when using your camera at the top of the bell tower.

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